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July 2019 Newsletter
DFA National Council and Evaluation Update

Dementia Friendly America’s National Council met earlier this summer with a focus on evaluation. Attendees discussed DFA’s plan to implement a formal evaluation that incorporates evaluation activities into each of the four phases of the Dementia Friendly Community Toolkit, including standardized indicators, associated measures and standards for model implementation, and data collection and reporting that will allow for the comparison of data across new Dementia Friendly America communities. This evaluation will help strengthen the DFA model as an evidence-based intervention for community development toward increased dementia-friendliness and accelerate the adoption of Dementia Friendly America in other communities. The goal of this evaluation effort is to both enhance and understand the impact of the DFA Model, as well as increase the number of dementia friendly communities throughout the U.S. We look forward to updating you as we move forward with development and implementation.

5 New Communities Join the DFA Network!
 

Elgin, IL
Dementia Friendly Elgin, a collaboration between the Gail Borden Public Library District and the Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging, has created a Dementia Friendly Advisory Council consisting of dedicated partners from local government, faith communities, law enforcement, the community and residential care services—making this a true community initiative. Together, their vision is to improve the lives, independence, welfare and dignity of those with memory issues, while maintaining the greatest level of compassion, expertise and integrity. Dementia Friendly Elgin is dedicated to strengthening and supporting those with memory impairments and their caregivers by raising awareness, reducing social stigmas, educating and communicating best practices.

Glencoe, IL 
The Dementia Friendly Glencoe Initiative aims to provide community-wide education on awareness and mindfulness around dementia that will help impacted individuals continue engaging in community life while living independently and enhancing their quality-of-life. The Village of Glencoe and Family Service of Glencoe have joined forces with a vision of reducing the stigma and isolation that often affect individuals living with dementia. Dementia Friendly Glencoe will create a more welcoming and inclusive culture by providing support for individuals diagnosed with dementia, care partners and community members. Dementia Friendly Glencoe aligns with the Welcoming and Inclusive Community pledge adopted by the Village Board and its sister organizations, which has the goal of supporting diversity in the community and emphasizing that all are welcome and included. This initiative will span across community sectors thanks to the support of the Village of Glencoe, Family Service of Glencoe, District 35, Glencoe Park District and Glencoe Library.   

Worcester, MA
The new Dementia Friendly Worcester (DFW) initiative brings together community members who want to make a difference in the lives of those affected by dementia. DFW aims to make Worcester more inclusive and supportive of people living with dementia, their caregivers and their loved ones. DFW’s goals are to increase education about dementia and to spread information about relevant resources. DFW is coordinated by the Worcester Senior Center and is supported by the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter. DFA recognizes that the growth of the aging population means that the number of Worcester residents whose lives are affected by dementia will continue to grow and sees the initiative as an investment in the city’s future. 

Frederick County, MD
A dedicated group of community partners has been hard at work assessing current practices, recruiting diverse committee members, creating goals and setting a plan in motion to support Frederick County, MD as it becomes a dementia-friendly community. Frederick’s steering committee is comprised of current and former caregivers, business owners, professionals in the field of aging and dementia care, people with dementia, scientists and others. Additionally, this group has consulted with members of law enforcement agencies, other DFA communities and caregivers in an effort to seek input on the county’s current practices and gaps. The preliminary mission of Dementia Friendly Frederick is to raise awareness within the Frederick County community about dementia in order to elevate the quality of life for those living with dementia and their caregivers.

Dallas, TX
Dementia Friendly Dallas has the goal of making Dallas a more compassionate city and seeks to create a more engaged community for individuals living with dementia and those who care for them. It is doing this by providing training, resources and events to deepen connections with care providers as well as the public and private sectors to create unified and holistic environment for those living with dementia and dementia-related diagnoses. Dementia Friendly Dallas will educate the community to increase awareness and understanding of dementia, develop better services for those living with dementia and their care partners, guide all sectors of the community to become dementia friendly in their day to day interactions with persons with dementia while encouraging and supporting the enrichment of persons living with dementia and their care partners.

Resources

Dementia-Friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities

A new handbook from UsAgainstAlzheimer's helps faith communities welcome and serve those living with dementia and their families. Dementia-Friendly Worship was written by 45 expert authors who represent diverse faith traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Native American and provide practical help in developing dementia friendly communities and services, including informal memory care visits and services, modified faith services and respite or day care programs. Find Dementia-Friendly Worship here
Grant Opportunity (August 13 application deadline):
Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative - Grants to States and Communities Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Community Living

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